Missouri Gov. Bob Holden is expected to veto a bill that would limit noneconomic damages in malpractice cases to $450,000 for most doctors and $200,000 for emergency room physicians.
Holden vetoed a similar bill last year.
Missouri currently caps noneconomic damages at $565,000, with an annual inflation update. The bill, which passed the state Senate last week after previously being approved by the House, would expand the definition of healthcare provider to include nursing homes and would create a mutual insurance company to provide malpractice insurance to its members.
A nine-member board, appointed by the governor, would oversee the public corporation.